Foxglove plugs

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  1. ricky101

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    Then I would cut that tape in half lengthwise and place a ring of it around the plant or you might be happier if you put them all in pots where you have better control of things ..?

    Once they get to a good size then you can put them in the ground, any slug damage will then be too small to affect the plant at that stage.

    On some of ours just starting to flower and I pulled off several lower leaves are they were shading some other smaller plants, no gloves but still alive !
     
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    Do you build your own guitars?
     
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    Fox gloves are 2nd to lillies to be toxic to dogs and cats in fact all parts of the foxglove are poisonous to humans, and pets but i think foxgloves are lovely flowers its a shame they are toxic but they seem to grow anywhere in my garden i ve dug them up a few timesand freinds had them but still they come back .
    so put yours in garden just leave them dont worry about the slugs they are hardy and if by chance they seem not to flower this year next year they will
    For slugs i use used fresh coffee or slug gone ( wool slug pellets)
     
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      That's interesting, why do they refer to copper alloy, what other metal does the tape contain.
      Just a thought but would copper spray, on clay pots stop them climbing the sides of the pot for a limited time, i wonder.
       
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        No. I have a Ukulele. :blue thumb:
         
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          That is great news. So that's 2 of us so far. :spinning:
           
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          Why I ask is because copper tape is used to screen the cavity holding the electrics on an electric guitar.
           
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          Update on this. Most of the foxgloves I direct planted in the garden have been half eaten and 2 have completely vanished. So I guess foxgloves are not toxic to whatever has munched them.

          Some in the pots are doing ok especially the one under the fir tree.

          Though strangely of 2 I put in another area right next to each other 1 seems to be almost dead and has brown shrivelled up leaves yet the other one looks like it is doing well. Weird. See photos below.FoxDead.jpgFoxAlive.jpg
           
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            The second image plant looks healthy,..sometimes when one moves Foxgloves they don't like the move,..as to what's eating the ones planted directly in the garden,..if you spray a little amount of Liquid Soap mixed with a Litre of water it puts off the culprids eating Foxgloves :)
             
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            I've grown foxglove twice. First time was direct but I had a problem with slugs. I used mulch and copper tape around the bottom to prevent this but I think they had already caused quite a bit of damage. I bought some more last year and planted in tubs. They are still going strong and haven't had any slug problems as of yet!
             
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              I find Foxgloves pretty strong and rarely subject to slug damage. Relatively easy from seed, been planting some this morning actually. Some more rarer varieties need care perhaps (you don't get many of these actually!) Some are easy, the standard 'wild' purple for example and the excelsior hybrids. The yellow one lutea is also excellent and a short lived perrenial in shade here. I cover seed in a small tray with sprinkling of vermiculite. However the best source for seedlings are our couple of vegetable beds. My wife, who's rapidly becoming THE gardener can recognise foxglove seedlings anywhere. Thus self-setters are the best source! Another variety - Pam's Choice, white with purple markings, and often grows true to seed!
               
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                I think the problem is just that we seem to have many slugs in general. I have tried a few different methods but they keep coming back. I have to be quite careful with my veg.
                Thank you so much for the advice, I shall try Pam's Choice next year in some veggie beds! Happy gardening.
                 
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                  Not sure if I explained clearly. But the 2 in the photo were planted in pots straight after receiving the plug plants in the same soil compost and placed next to each other in the garden. I.e. - Both have been treated exactly the same and are (or were in the case of the dead one) subject to the same weather conditions etc..
                  As you noted - the one that has not died seems healthy. . .so maybe just survival of the fittest?

                  I might try the soap water thing - (bar soap?) . . . though 3 of the plants have already vanished completely.
                   
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                    Re dying seedlings, I find them susceptible to drought, which might explain deaths. Seedlings are also very small so be careful until they're ready to go out. This is why self setters are so 'good'! If they get to 3-6 leaves then they have enough roots! Just keep them watered til they take. I've got two trays of (supposedly) big onions and somehow they were full of grass and some other seedlings. Through laziness I ignored them only to find the seedlings were Mulleins! I've transplanted them all (except the grass!) The grey furry leaved mullein will survive though doubt the onions will grow much! Thus, though I've bought some few varieties of mullein, the best plants will undoubtedly be the self setters that somehow contaminated my onion seedlings!! Think we know how! We grow potatoes in bags of various sorts and the soil left behind on harvesting is used to bolster up compost. Thus when I transplanted my 'giant' onions the 'other' seeds germinated!! Should have been up to weeding but ignored them til too late!!!
                    Obviously I'm not planting any seedlings outside at the moment but hope that in a week or two it'll rain. This year's foxglove seed stalks are enjoying the heat and I'll cut and scatter them soon, where I could do with more!!
                     
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                      I spent the past two days digging up the self seeded Foxgloves,..in particular those growing in containers where i had another plant and plus in the pathways,..the huge ones drooped on replanting but next day recovered,..except for one,..if it doesn't recover by tomorrow i will cut off the drooping leaves so it will save energy trying to recover,..these seedlings come from the original plants i started with many years ago,..some have grown to over 2 Metres.

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                      Droopy :)
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